Drought's threat to trees can continue into the winter if the skies over Nebraska don't deliver enough rain before the ground freezes.
Nebraska forester Dennis Adams says the symptoms of winter drying may not appear until spring or summer, so precautions should be taken. Fall watering may be critical.
Adams says trees, especially young ones with minimal root systems, should be deep watered before the ground freezes. He suggests a watering basin around the tree or slow watering to saturate the ground.
Adams also says the watering should continue throughout the winter whenever the ground thaws.